Government accused of deliberately delaying the process of adopting the draft constitution.

Some civil society organizations in Eastern Province say that government is taking advantage of the absence of a legal framework on the draft constitution to delay the process of adopting the document.

Caritas Chipata Good Governance Coordinator, John Mthaziko Zulu, says that government is aware that it is not easy for Zambians to take any legal action, as the whole process has no legal guidance.

He explained that a legal frame work would have provided a guide on every stage of the process.

Mr. Zulu says that currently, Zambians are simply relying on the good will of President Michael Sata, and can even freely say people talking about the constitution should be ignored.

He explained that a legal framework helps in ensuring that every Zambian is aware of what happens next in the constitution making process.

The Caritas Chipata Good Governance Coordinator said this during a live program on Breeze FM.

Meanwhile, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction, CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma says that Zambians have been fooled by the Patriotic Front over the constitution.

Mr. Nkhoma says that PF even has it in their manifesto that a people driven constitution would be in place within 90 days.

He said that a lot of money has been wasted on the constitution.

And Reverend Simon Chikamata from EFZ, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, says that the delay in the process is taking up more money.

He also wondered why there is reluctance to hold a referendum.

Reverend Chikamata says that whatever the case, Zambians are expecting a new constitution to be in place before the 2016 elections.

Recently, President Michael Sata urged constitution office bearers to ignore people, who are talking about the new constitution.

Mr. Sata explained that the country already has a working constitution, which is being followed.

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